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The Pointer Sisters - 100% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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These four sisters, Anita (23 January 1948), Bonnie (b. 11 July 1951), Ruth (b. 19 March 1946) and June (b. 30 November 1953, East Oakland California, USA, d. 11 April 2006, Santa Monica, California, USA), were all born and raised in East Oakland, California, USA, and first sang together in the West Oakland Church of God where their parents were ministers. Despite their fami Read more

Paul Young - 82% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Anthony Young, 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Prior to his major success as a solo artist, Young was a former member of Streetband, who made the UK charts in 1978 with the novelty record ‘Toast’. He was then part of the much-loved Q-Tips, a band that did much to preserve an interest in 60s soul and R&B. As the Q-Tips collapsed from exhausti Read more

Dan Hartman - 79% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1951, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 1994, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Hartman’s multi-instrumental talents and light tenor were first heard by North America at large when he served bands led, together and separately, by Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Employment by the latter from 1973-77 brought the greatest commercial rewards - principally via Read more

Lionel Richie - 71% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, where he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-60s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1968 for a one-record contract, before moving to Motown Records, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. T Read more

Miami Sound Machine - 66% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Wet Wet Wet - 66% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Scottish pop band was formed in 1982 by Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan, 23 March 1965, Clydebank, Scotland; vocals), Graeme Clark (b. 15 April 1966, Glasgow, Scotland; bass/vocals), Neil Mitchell (b. 8 June 1965, Helensburgh, Scotland; keyboards), and Tommy Cunningham (b. 22 June 1964, Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland; drums). The quartet took their name from a line in the S Read more

Go West - 63% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Peter Cox (17 November 1955, London, England; vocals) and Richard Drummie (b. 20 March 1959, England; guitar, keyboard, vocals) were a songwriting partnership before forming Go West in 1982. The publishers, ATV Music, had teamed them up to write with artists such as Peter Frampton and David Grant. Chrysalis Records signed the duo and the result was a string of quality pop ro Read more

Milli Vanilli - 60% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This infamous pop duo comprised Rob Pilatus (8 June 1965, New York, USA, d. 3 April 1998, Frankfurt, Germany) who was brought up in an orphanage, and Fabrice Morvan (b. 14 May 1966), who was training to be a trampoline athlete until a fall damaged his neck. Based in Germany, they worked as dancers for various German groups, before forming their own duo combining rap and soul Read more

Jody Watley - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formerly one third of Shalamar between 1977 and 1984, a hugely successful group of the disco era, Watley’s first professional experience had come as a dancer on the television show Soul Train. After Shalamar disbanded she made the progression to solo artist, working in a contemporary soul/urban R&B vein. Her self-titled debut Read more

Taylor Dayne - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lesley Wonderman, 7 March 1962, Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, USA. Dayne rose from obscurity to the top of the US pop charts in the late 80s and early 90s. Dayne listened to rock and soul music as a child and made her onstage singing debut at the age of six. In high school she took singing lessons and after graduating joined the rock band Felony followed by a new wave ba Read more

Irene Cara - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Irene T Escalera, 18 March 1959, New York City, New York, USA. Having spent most of her childhood as a successful actor, singer and dancer, Cara’s role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 Alan Parker movie Fame was tailor-made. Based around the lives, loves and ambitions of students at the New York School of Performing Arts, Cara’s rendition of the jubilant title song wa Read more

Mel & Kim - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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One of Stock, Aitken And Waterman’s acts, Mel (Melanie Susan Appleby, 11 July 1966, London, England, d. 19 January 1990) and sister Kim (b. Kim Appleby, 28 August 1961, London, England) were two East End, London girls with a neat line in pop dance routines. They both started their careers as models - a fact which would come back to haunt them when topless pictures of Me Read more

Starship - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Wham! - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Generally acknowledged as the most commercially successful English pop group of the 80s, the Wham! duo first performed together in ska-influenced school band, the Executive. George Michael (Georgios (Yorgos) Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25 June 1963, East Finchley, London, England) and Andrew Ridgeley (b. 26 January 1963, Windlesham, Surrey, England) streamlined the group and in 198 Read more

Shalamar - 56% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This act was created by Dick Griffey, booking agent for US television’s Soul Train show, and Simon Soussan, a veteran of UK’s northern soul scene. The latter produced ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of popular Motown Records favourites, which was issued on Griffey’s Solar label. Although credited to ‘Shalamar’, the track featured session musicians Read more


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